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Gavin Keilly welcoming us.
In Hollywood, before any manner of award shows you will find a vast assortment of celebrity gifting lounges and suites but none compare to Gavin Keilly’s GBK's Gift Lounges. Recipient of multiple BizBash's Award for "Best Gift Bag" this year's lounge was held at the W Hotel in Hollywood Feb. 25 and 26 in honor of the 2011 Academy Award nominees and presenters.
The GBK Luxury Gift Lounge emphasizes much more than just the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, it fosters a strong spirit of giving back. This Oscar Lounge alone raised over $40,000 for the chosen charities and amazingly over the past three years, GBK has given more than $3 million in cash and products to non-profit organizations!
Keilly’s giving started in college as the philanthropic chair and Chairman of the Board of the student union. “I just always had a passion for giving,” said Keilly.”
At every luxury gift lounge, up four 501©3, nonprofit organization, at no cost, have the opportunity to be a part of his event and get celebrities involved with their organization. They also receive a donation from GBKand are gifted a gift bag to auction for their organization.
The charities that were selected to attend were: City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases; American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization lead by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies; and A New Way of Life Reentry Project, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of incarceration and addiction for women and girls so they can live happy lives
Stars were able to get to know these organizations as well as pick up products to eat, drink, and be merry with beauty/health products, jewelry, apparel, travel and more. Their resting time was spent getting pampered with manicurist and makeup artist.
A few highlights of the evening was a fantastic workout Pilate device that you can travel with called the Kefty. The celebs loved this product and talked about using it in their trailer or taking it when they travel. The ladies also loved Diamonds by Donna (earth-grown and cultured diamonds, hand-made bracelets and necklaces. For the techie, the impressive Ematic 4GB device that shoots pictures, videos and is an MP3 player with headphones. And how can anyone resist the Cocopotamus Chocolates which is Rachael Ray’s favorite, but Tony Shalhoub looked like he enjoyed it as well. I enjoyed Cocopotamus with the surprising fine tasting chardonnay from Bota Box that last up the 45 days. And for those who love body art, fun temporary Glitter Tattoo Kits by Glimmer Body Art.
Watching the stars is always interesting. A familiar face-- Nia Peeples is still looking fantastic at 49 is involved with the development of an exciting new beauty and fitness brand designed specifically for women over 40. Drew Lachey was being interviewed every time I saw him. He described the event "like a well oiled machine."
Jane Lynch is always fun to be around. She got comfy on the ComforPedic by Simmons. Niecy Nash was looking hot and posing her slender jiggly parts for the paparazzi, and Teri Hatcher looked as gorgeous as ever.
More celebs included: Terell Owens, Jack McGee, Josh Sussman, Tim Daley, Natasha Henstridge, Kelly Rutherford, Dendrie Taylor, Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Silverman, Dule Hill, Natasha Alam, Robert Morse, Jared Harris, Kathryn Joosten, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Michael Vartan, Rex Lee, Maria Menounos, Chris Harrison, Regina Cameron, Verlene Cameron, Lynne Curtain and Shaun Toub.
Here’s what was inside their gift bag:
020608 tears of bleu/black line –http://www.020608tarsofbleu.com/
020608 tears of bleu is based on classic British tailoring, which significantly influences the design and manufacturing process, ensuring the creation of a premium quality, timeless brand of clothing, with authentic denim being the core for men, women, and kids.
Angus Mitchell –http://www.angussalon.com/
Angus Mitchelloffered a haircut, blowout, or full service at the angus Mitchell salon Beverly hills.
RE9 advanced travel set with 10 anti-aging products, plus an RE9 advanced cellular renewal masque sample, and Arbonne cosmetics lip polish and makeup primer sample.
Baker Street Bakery –http://www.bakerstreet.com/
Yum! Baker Streets 3.5" apple pie: made with fresh granny smith apples, butter, cinnamon & spice, wrapped in a golden buttery pie crust!
Bota Box –http://www.botabox.com/
The original environmentally friendly premium 3l wine box.
Celebrities received a gift certificate for $200 and apparel from their featured garments spring 2011 selection.
Cadillac fragrance for men—Beauty Contact, Inc. –http://www.beautycontact.com/
Cadillac black perfume for men.
Caribbean living magazine –http://www.caribbeanlivingmagazine.com/
One week stay in the Caribbean.
Cocopotamus Chocolate – http://www.cocopotamus.com/
The master cholatiers chefs husband and wife team said buh-bye to the corporate world and sold their winning dessert cafe restaurant called NYDC to create delicious handmade Cocopotamus dark chocolate fudge truffles that is smoother, creamier and less sweet than old-school chocolate fudge with amazing depth of flavor through the flavors of the world. Their 13 year old daughter is like mom and dad and is known to have a sophisticated palate.
Cookies For A Koz -http://www.cookiesforakos.com/
Cookie for a Koz handed out freshly yummy baked gourmet cookies with a percentage of all sales that go to starlight foundation.
DECLÉOR Paris –http://www.decleor-us.com/
For Women: Aroma White C+ Extreme Brightening Essence with Extracts of Peony, Tamarix and Saxifrage and Highly Stable Vitamin C is designed to target dull and pigmented skin. Evens out and imparts lasting radiance to the complexion.
For Men: Men Skincare Smooth Shave Foam. Fragrance-, alcohol- and colorant-free shaving foam with Essential Oils of Clove, Eucalyptus and Peppermint suitable for even the most sensitive skin and stubborn stubble.
Diamonds by Donna –http://www.diamondsbydonna.com/
Diamonds by Donna gifted beautiful earth-grown and cultured diamonds and gorgeous hand-made keepsake bracelets and necklaces.
Diane Lai –http://www.diane.lai.com/
Lai for soft skin develops all natural products for adults, infants & toddlers with highly sensitive skin.
Combining the latest advances in touch screen technology with video recording capability, the Ematic 4GB Video MP3 Player plays music and videos, takes photos, shoots video and more, all while providing premium sound from the Mint II Designer headphones.
Exclusive Sedan Service -http://www.exclusivesedan.com/
A gift certificate worth $100 for chauffeured luxury ground transportation which can be used anywhere in the LA metro area.
Far North Infrared Wellness –http://www.farnorthsaunus.com/
Far infrared sauna that is great for weight loss, detoxification, pain relief, skin conditions and more.
Felicity, LLC –http://www.felicitygirl.com/
Some of the women celebrities may have been seen at an Oscar party with a luxury handcrafted purse that were elegantly embroidered with beads and crystal. These clutches are designed by ownr Sharon Menezes.
GlyMed Plus® Advanced Aesthetics –http://www.glymed.com/
Oil Free Moisturizer For Men and Pugsley’s Spa Kits from their all-natural pet care line.
Gallopping Cow Fine Food –http://www.gallopingcows.com/
A gift box of 6 assorted pepper jellies, handcrafted in Nova Scotia by Galloping Cows Fine Foods and a gift certificate for a party pack.
Glimmer Body Art –http://www.glimmerbodyart.com/
The party in a box that’s perfect for Parties and events. The tattoos can be used as a personal fashion accessory. Nominees and presenters also got a gift certificate for a 2 hour Glitter Tattoo Party in the Los Angeles Area.
High quality top-to-toe personal care products such as manicure, pedicure, bath, hair, travel, and gift accessories.
Julep offers runway nail colors and innovative manicure and pedicure products that combine the latest in beauty technology with Julep's expertise in providing over 100,000 treatments in its four Seattle area clean-green parlors.
Kefty Home Gym –http://www.kefty.com/
This home gym, has over 300 exercises working all body parts. Kefty is an amazing new portable fitness tool with such versatility that it has been selected for astronautic fitness research. It’s portable and can be taken almost anywhere. Stars also got a power assessment from the inventor. This device is something even people with fibromyalgia and arthritis can use. I love it!
Just Bling Watches –http://www.justbling.com/
Men & Women Premium Diamond Watches
Bardes Interiors –http://www.bardesinteriors.com/
A two hour initial in-home design consultation, a total value of $1000.
Maze Home Store –http://www.mazehomestore.com/
A Maggie Wilson Leather Bracelet key ring in exclusive Oscar Blue and a $100 Gift Card
A collection of MegaFood premium whole food supplements and a SIGG water bottle
Nano Magnetics –http://www.thenanodots.com/
Nanodots ™ Magnetic Constructors
NYR Organics –http://www.us.nyorganics.com/
Neal’s Yard Remedies’ certified organic lip glosses with organic Beeswax, castor oil and beauty oil, the Soil Association’s first certified organic eye color with antioxidant white tea and vitamin E and cerrtified organic, oil free eye makeup remover with damask rose, white tea and aloe vera.
PITAHAYA SWIMSUITS –http://www.pitahayasswimsuits.com/
A bathing suit brand, that features the MOLA appliqué hand made by Indigenous Colombian Ole-Tule(kuna).
These are so great-!!!The world's best footcover for yoga, Pilates, martial arts. I hate to be barefoot and love them!
Eyelash conditioner that lengthens and thickens eye lashes; hair product called Hair by RevitaLash which is conditioner that gives you thicker and fuller hair; and RevitaLash Mascara.
Jane Lynch fell in love with RumbaTime watches. They are designed to be water-resistant, colorful and easy to wear. They look great alone or stacked together, and are the perfect accessory for adding a streak of color while working out or just gallivanting around town – the ultimate accessory for life on-the-go!
SENSA® Weight-Loss System –http://www.trysensa.com/
SENSA® QUENCH is a low calorie, sugar-free powerful nutrient blend of antioxidants, vitamins and green tea that give you all the energy you need while quenching your thirst.
ComforPedic by Simmons –http://www.simmons.com/products/brands/comforpedic/collection.html
For Nominees and Presenters The ComforPedic Mystic mattress part of the ComforPedic by Simmons™ collection featuring NXG® Advanced Memory Foam which offers consistent contouring, heat dissipation and quick recovery for ultimate comfort. And for everyone else the ComforPedic Free Spirit pillow a $150 value.
TEI Spa –http://www.teispa.com/
SkinSpatula's ultra sonic vibrations push out impurities and clear away excess oil, and infuse your favorite skincare products into your skin and THE POINT™ Platinum Age Firming Tool that has the power of tightening and firming micro current at your fingertips.
Umi Children’s Shoes –http://www.umishoes.com/
European inspired, high quality children’s shoes.
William Rast Eye ware –http://www.williamrast.com/
Each iconic sunglass style from the William Rast Eyewear collection incorporates the timeless yet trend driven, Americana heritage and contemporary look that the William Rast brand is known for.
Gift Certificate for free Home Delivery of Yakult
Zamani Retreat Kempinski –http://www.kempinski.com/?zmani-retreat
A seven night all inclusive Health Package in Africa’s Prime Holistic Health Retreat, Zamani Retreat Kempinski.
Ziba Beauty –http://www.zibabeauty.com/
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